Starting life as a Bronze Age settlement, and built on by the Romans, the Cambridgeshire city of Peterborough evolved through trade and the railways to become a new town by the time of the late 60's redevelopment boom and extend outwards in a miriad of modern townships - at this time the city's population nearly doubled.
One of Peterborough's major roles is as an important rail junction being, as it is, positioned astride the East Coast Mainline, and travellers from all four points of the compass use it as such. Another attraction for visitors to Peterborough is one of the finest examples of a medieval church in Britain, in the shape of Peterborough Cathedral, which is where the body of Catherine of Aragon - one-time wife of King Henry VIII - is buried.
One of the city's other vital functions in this country is that it is home to the National Passport Office, where all new and replacement passports are processed.
Read more about Peterborough in the About Peterborough section.